Thursday, January 31, 2013

Thursday January 31 Division and....

Good Day,

Let's finish our Schoodles while we watch more America the Story of Us: Division.
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Half the class with be North, half South. Each side will be responsible to discover the following topics for their side:
How do people in the North and South make money? -Provide specific details
What was socially popular in the North and South?

Next you'll make notes on the following terms: (use this link to find the info)
  1. Northwest Ordinance
  2. Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions
  3. Missouri Compromise
  4. Nullification Crisis
  5. Nat Turner's Slave Rebellion
  6. Texas Annexation
  7. Mexican-American War
  8. Wilmot Proviso
  9. Ostend Manifesto
  10. Manifest Destiny
  11. Underground Railroad
  12. Fugitive Slave Act of 1850
  13. Compromise of 1850
  14. Uncle Tom's Cabin
  15. Kansas-Nebraska Act
  16. Bleeding Kansas
  17. Dred Scott v. Sandford
  18. John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry
  19. 1860 Presidential Election
  20. Secession of Southern States.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Tuesday January 29 Schoodle -North and South Division

Good Morning,

I'll collect the Summarizing and Nonfiction Activity on your critical reading of the Erie Canal.

Next let's Schoodle while we watch more America the Story of Us: Division
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Follow up writing assignment: "Reflecting on what we watched in class today, how does it make you feel?"

Monday, January 28, 2013

Monday January 28 Review Erie Canal

Good Morning,

Let's review our Erie Canal Handout and the Summarizing and Nonfiction activity. And continue working on the remaining columns.
We agreed on the following column titles:
  1. The West Before Canals
  2. Hawley
  3. Getting the Canal Approved
  4. Senator DeWitt Clinton
  5. Construction of the Erie Canal
  6. Effects of the Erie Canal
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Next we'll Schoodle while we watch America the Story of Us: Division

HOMEWORK: If you don't finish the 6 columns in class -please do so outside of class.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Friday January 25 Erie Canal Critical Reading

Good Morning,

We'll continue looking into:
Standard 8.6.2 Outline the physical obstacles to and the economic and political facotrs involved in building a network of roads, canals, and railroads.

First you'll share your answer to whether or not you would travel West in the early 1800's.
Next grab an Erie Canal Handout and the Summarizing and Nonfiction activity
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  1. Read the first paragraph and the last. With a neighbor predict the details in the article.
  2. Next number the paragraphs
  3. Now read through the entire article - underlining the main ideas and circling key terms.
  4. With your neighbor share the main ideas and key terms you've underlined. Use the Summarizing and Nonfiction activity to write down the key terms you'll define.
  5. Next I'll walk you through the first entries on the Summarizing and Nonfiction activity
  6. You'll finish the columns on your own.
With the time left let's begin watching Modern Marvels: Erie Canal

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Thursday January 24 Review Inauguration Speech and the Transportation Revolution

Good Morning,

Please share your Inauguration speech with someone near you. After I'll ask a few to share their speech and ask "Why are Inauguration speeches so important?"

Go To:
UCCP US History Course 24 -The Transportation Revolution
Make Cornell notes to be able to answer the following questions (you may have to watch sections a couple times to develop an answer).

Answer the following questions in your IN (this is separate from your notes):
  1. Why did settlers move west? How did the new law in 1820 encourage settlers to move west?
  2. What was Chicago like in 1830?
  3. How were Westerner's lives different after Cyrus McCormick's Mechanical Reaper and John Deere's steel plow?
  4. How did the increase in crops lead to the Transportation Revolution?
  5. Which paved highway was completed in 1794?
  6. What was the Cumberland road?
  7. What impact did steamboats have on transportation?
  8. What is a canal?
  9. Why was Thomas Jefferson skeptical of the Erie canal?
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  11. Why did railroads open up the prairie to more settlement?
Address this prompt: "Why or why not would you move West if you lived in the Eastern states in the early 1800's?" Provide specific examples to strengthen your argument.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Tuesday January 22 Inauguration

Let's watch President Obama's 2nd Inauguration here:
We'll take notes and discuss
Next imagine you were just elected the President of the United States, write your own Inaugural Address.
You may want to include items such as war, money, jobs, education, peace, freedom.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Thursday January 17 Review Benchmark &

Good Morning,
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Please get your benchmark test out so we can review the test.
After we learn where we need improvement let's fill in the gaps.

Next we'll have a blast making Cornell Notes on slides 67-69 You can find the slides here. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Tuesday January 15 -Review benchmark

Good Morning,

Today we'll review questions 1-20 on your benchmark test handed out yesterday. After we'll finish the test in class.

Next get out your earbuds and go to:
You'll watch The Missouri Comprimise and The Monroe Doctrine
Make Cornell notes for each lesson.
Write a summary for the lesson connecting what you know about the War of 1812 with the information in the UCCP lessons.

finish the benchmark test questions 21-40

Monday, January 14, 2013

Monday January 14 War of 1812 Project

Hey 8th Grade!

Today you'll show your War of 1812 creation. I'll give you a few minutes to work with your partner before presenting.

After let's share our summarizing and nonfiction activity form with a neighbor -please improve your form based on your sharing.

Work on questions 1-20 on the Benchmark test handed out today.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Friday January 11, 2013 Relations with Countries Morning,

Today we'll use the summarizing and nonfiction activity form
to document our learning of the U.S. relationships with neighboring countries including the Monroe Doctrine. Let's use the textbook chapter 6 section 2 to start finding information. Move on to wikipedia for more information.

Finish working on your creation that represents the War of 1812. Due Monday.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Thursday January 10 War of 1812

Good Morning,

First thing we'll share the Early America Travel Brochures.

So after we won independence from the British in 1783 fighting with the British was not entirely finished. In fact we fought what some call our second war of independence in 1812.

Let's read the summary of the War of 1812 wikipedia article using our expository text skills, then we'll make a fun sequence of events graphic organizer to visualize the course of the war.

Next you'll create something small to represent the War of 1812. It could be a design in Minecraft, a drawing, a soldiers journal excerpt, a design of a soldiers uniform, use your talents and strengths. Keep it simple.

Time left let's watch this video
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Next we'll continue looking into the changing boundaries of the U.S. and the relationships with neighboring countries (8.5.2)

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Tuesday January 8 Early American Artists Travel Brochure

Good Morning,

Our focus today is on CA standard 8.4.4 Discuss daily life, including traditions in art, music, and literature, of early national America eg through writings of Washington Irving, James Fenimore Cooper etc.)

You'll make a travel brochure to early America advertising the great work of early American authors, musicians, artists.
You get to make up the destination like a museum.
Read and discover the histories of James Fenimore Cooper, Washington Irving and Herman Melville to include their works in your travel brochure.